Mission M25 was blessed to join our Jewish Brothers, Maximillian and Nathan as Jewish and Christian bikers ride on Ride For Solidarity to stand with Israel. This ride will cover twelve countries, almost 4,000 miles by riders from seven different countries, all for the sole purpose of supporting Israel.
On June 11, 2017, Ride For Solidarity was given the honor of carrying the “Torch” for the opening ceremony of the Maccabi Fun Run 2017. This run raises funds for humanitarian needs in Great Britain and is a time to celebrate the team leaving Great Britain for the Maccabi Games in Jerusalem. An event, third world largest atheletic games, that takes place every four years.
The riders were honored as they rode one and a half times around the track carrying the “Torch” that will be carried to Jerusalem for the kickoff of the 2017 Maccabi Games. There will be approximately 10,000 athletes from over 70 countries will compete for the ‘Gold’ in Jerusalem for ten days.
Our team (pictured to the right) consisted of riders from Romania; Israel and USA. L-R Alan Atkins (USA); Carolyn Burd (USA); Rodney McCray (USA); Maximillian (Romania); Jewish Athlete; Boyce McKinney (USA); Gary Burd (USA); Nathan (Israel) and Tracy Atkins (USA)
The riders leave on June 13th, from London to cross Europe, stopping in Lavrio, Greece to place their bikes on a ferry. The riders will remain in Greece for three days and then fly to Tel Aviv to pick up their bikes to promote the Maccabi Games in Israel for seven days. On July 6, the team will be given the opportunity to carry the torch from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, there they will participate in the opening service.